Posts Tagged ‘Cora Ellen Kittle Branum’

Gladys Evelyn Branum FosterOne of my biggest genealogy regrets is not taking the time to sit down with this lady and learn more about her past. My grandmother would have been 98 years old today. She was born 16 July 1913, in Lancaster, Ohio, the third of four children born to Cora Ellen KITTLE and Samuel Clarence BRANUM.

I don’t think her life was easy. Her parents were divorced when she was still in school. She didn’t have a good relationship with her father at all, and from what I’ve been told, she pretty much wrote him off.

She lived in Florida for a time and I have vague recollections of going to visit her there. One time, we went to visit her as Hurricane Gladys was hitting the area. What are the odds?

This was back in the days when kids didn’t need to ride in car seats, and although it was probably a different trip (one with my mom, cousins and uncle), I remember sleeping in the package shelf of the car on the trip down. Craziness!

She was married twice. Her first marriage, to Roger MINYOUNG, ended in divorce. She had a son, Charles, whom I don’t recall ever meeting. (Part of the reason I’m so interested in this side of my family is because of the lack of connections between various relatives.)

She remarried in 1935, to my grandfather, Howard FOSTER. He died before I was before I was born, as mentioned in a previous post. The had three more children together, including my mom.

Grandma was in and out of our lives throughout the years, taking care of us while my mom worked just prior to my own parents’ divorce. She and her sister Twila were in Florida a lot, I think. And she’d be in Marion as well. I think one of the things I need to do is get her kids to help me pinpoint a timeline of where she was and when. There is a lot I don’t know about my grandma, and I would really like to fix that.

Her last few years, she lived with my mom. I regret that I didn’t try to get to know her better. She wasn’t very mobile then, but her sense of humor was still intact and she could get a gleam in her eye… I can only hope I’ve inherited her sharp mind.

Happy Birthday, Grandma! I really miss you.

Death Certificate of Charles William Kittle (click to enlarge)

Today marks 60 years since the death of my great great grandfather, Charles William Kittle. Admittedly, I haven’t done a lot of research on the Kittle line just yet. Most of this is because there is already a significant amount of information out there on the Kittles and there aren’t any apparent mysteries drawing my attention away from other lines.

But they are no less deserving of recognition. I have actually been a little angry with myself because earlier in my research, I had come across the text of an obituary for Charles, which listed my great grandmother, Cora Ellen Kittle Branum. It also listed a few of the other Kittle children. Unfortunately, it was one of the pieces of information I hadn’t yet backed up when my laptop was stolen a couple of years ago. I already knew I’d have to track down the source, since it wasn’t provided, but it would be nice to have that text again. So far, I’ve been unsuccessful at relocating it online.

Anyway… back to Charles. He was born on 25-Oct-1865 in Lewis county, West Virginia, to parents John Clark Kittle and Elizabeth Wamsley. He married Martha Melvina Queen on 14-Jul-1881. They had, to the best of my knowledge, nine children, including my great grandmother. Charles, from everything I’ve learned so far, spent his entire life in Lewis County, surviving 30 years after losing his wife.

I’ve often wondered what kind of man he was, given that the man my great grandmother ultimately married was apparently a womanizing cad (I never met him; I can only go on what I’ve heard). My great grandmother ended up divorced from her husband, while Charles and Melvina stayed together until she died, and it doesn’t appear he ever remarried. All of Charles’ children are now gone, but I hope someday to meet a cousin who can shed additional light on who he was.